Archives for October 2014

Alexander Weiss, who discovered Angel Island carvings, dies

Alexander Weiss, the former California park ranger who made a landmark discovery of poems carved in the walls of the abandoned former Immigration Station on Angel Island in the early 1970s — thus helping to save the so-called “Ellis Island of the West” from certain destruction — died of heart failure on Oct. 17, 2014 […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Documentary on Roosevelts glosses over wartime injustice

It was with great anticipation that I watched Ken Burns’ new documentary called “The Roosevelts, a Personal History.” Burns has become the TV chronicler of American history, the one who has tackled so many of the big themes of our country’s existence. I remember being enthralled with his series on the Civil War, and looked […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPIs again face tough election tests in 2014

The growing influence of Asian American Pacific Islanders in politics naturally leads into more difficult election year contests. AAPI candidates are in some of the most contested races in California history. The race for Congressional District 15 exemplifies the “jungle primary” when two candidates from the same party attempt to cannibalize each other in the […]

Historic pilgrimage reconnects Japanese American community to Angel Island immigration station

At the turn of the 20th century, the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island served as a primary entry point into the mainland United States, particularly for immigrants from Asia. Renown for its carvings of Chinese poetry by immigrants, the story has been predominantly focused on Chinese immigrant history. On Oct. 4, the Nichi […]

FULL COUNT: Ishikawa and Guthrie make World Series history

The 2014 Fall Classic offered the Japanese American community a chance to see a few of their own on baseball’s biggest stage and witness a brief piece of history. With two outs and Brandon Belt on first in the bottom of the second inning of World Series Game 3, San Francisco Giants left fielder Travis […]

Sumi Haru, leading advocate of actors of color, dies

The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists issued a statement on the passing of national board member and former interim Screen Actors Guild President Sumi Sevilla Haru, who died Oct. 16 at age 75. SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Haru for having “notably represented SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor unions for […]

High numbers of California’s Asian American voters still undecided

Many Asian American voters are undecided on key candidate races and ballot measures in the lead-up to the Nov. 4 election, according to a new analysis by the Field Poll’s Mark DiCamillo. The trend tracks with other surveys that have found Asian American voters in California showing more ambiguity than white, Latino and African American […]

Political parties ignore API vote at their peril

In Orange County, California, home to Little Saigon and the largest Vietnamese American population outside of Vietnam, a whopping 19 Vietnamese American candidates are vying for 20 open seats this November. For the community, ethnic loyalties are helping to galvanize an electorate largely ignored by Republicans and Democrats alike. It’s a pattern playing out in […]

10 indicted in Bay Area human trafficking and brothel ring

A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted 10 people who allegedly ran a network of 40 brothels throughout the Bay Area employing women trafficked primarily from Asian countries, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Oct. 23.  Federal prosecutors said the defendants operated 30 brothels in cities including Pinole, San Mateo, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, Belmont, […]

Nichi Bei celebrates five-year milestone

  The Nichi Bei Foundation, publisher of the nonprofit community newspaper Nichi Bei Weekly and presenter of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, held its Fifth Anniversary Celebration Oct. 12 at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco’s Japantown. There were presentations on the Nichi Bei Foundation’s programs, including […]

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